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actually, that was the cowardly lion from the "wizard of oz" putting the ape in apricot. there's an online anthology of grunting on our blog, first new thing in the world. "first look" is up next. firing line. a vicious wildfire advances perilously close to the los alamos nuclear lab. terrifying tumble. a massachusetts teen plunge 20 feet off the side of a mall escalator. and close encounter. a piece of space debris sends the crew of the international space station scrambling. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. those stores and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc.
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we begin this morning with too close for comfort. this morning the nation's premiere nuclear laboratory is under siege. fire crews in new mexico are scrambling to drive back a wildfire that has now reached within just 50 feet of the los alamos national lab. nbc's kurt gregory reports. >> reporter: a fierce wildfire continues to grow in los alamos. very close to the los alamos national laboratory. firefighters are working day and night to clear brush and extinguish spot fires near the sprawling nuclear research facility. >> we have not lost any structures at the laboratory or in a town site and we don't plan on losing any structures. >> reporter: the secret of los alamos laboratory is made up of nearly 2,000 buildings at 4,000 sites. home to the largest supply of nuclear weapons. >> our facilities and nuclear materials are protected and
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safe. >> reporter: another concern -- the possible release of radioactive and harmful materials. thousands of 55-gallon drums containing plutonium-contaminated waste are stored above ground at los alamos. >> release of radioactive materials and hazardous materials, there hasn't been any. let me say that again -- there hasn't been any. >> reporter: and there's no rest in sight for weary fire crews. the wildfire has already scorched more than 93 square miles in less than two days. kurt gregory, nbc news. in afghanistan this morning, the taliban is claiming responsibility for a rare nighttime attack in the capital of kabul. a four-hour standoff between militants and police saw at least ten afghan victims, mostly hotel workers, killed along with sick suicide bombers -- six suicide bombers. nato helicopters brought the siege to an end by firing
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rockets at gunmen on the rooftop of the intercontinental hotel. four were killed in the air strike or blew themselves up. while budget talk are stagnant on capitol hill, two senators have unveiled a proposal sure to raise the blood pressure of many. raising the age of medicare to 67 while increasing premiums of millions of current beneficiaries. tracie potts with more and a new trade dee. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. let's start with medicare. what's interesting is those two senators are republican oklahoma tom coburn, who's a doctor, and joe lieberman, an independent who often votes with democrats. they think they have a way to save medicare. as you said, it would raise the age of eligibility to 67, and seniors, yes, would have to pay more starting on average 15 to
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$20 a month more than going up gradually over the course of five years. even the senators themselves say this is a plan no one's going to like. democrats already criticizing it. there is agreement on free trade. it looks like the white house and lawmakers have worked out a deal on south korea, colombia, and panama that would include aid for american workers who are displaced when companies go overseas. that's something the union insisted on. we are likely to hear more about both of these issues, free trade and medicare, when president obama holds a news conference later this morning. it's his first full news conference since march. lynn? >> thanks. be sure to watch our coverage of president obama's news conference. live from the east room of the white house, that's beginning at 11:30 eastern time right here on msnbc, the place for politics. nbc news has learned that republican presidential candidate michele bachmann appears to have been benefitting from a government program. she's criticized as swelling the
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"welfare rolls." it turns out the mental health clinic run by her husband has been collecting annual medicaid payments of over $137,000 since 2005. that's on top of $24,000 in federal and state funds the clinic has also received. questions about bachmann's family receiving government funds rose earlier this week after the "los angeles times" reported a family farm bachmann is a partner in received nearly $260,000 in federal farm subsidies. all of those payments contradict statements from bachmann about the sent to which her family has benefited from government aid. and last night on "the ed show," guest host al sharpton spoke with editor at large joan walsh. he asked her how big a problem this is when bachmann is trying to push herself as a small government conservative. >> i think it's a big problem. michele is right.
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she probably won't get into trouble for some of her crazy ideas about this country being a christian theacracy. but this is either hypocrisy at best and lying at worst. seems hard to believe she didn't know that her husband's firm was getting this kind of medicaid money. and she's not telling the truth at all about the subsidies to her farm because she's actually -- she says it's her father-in-law's but she's claimed the income on her disclosure forms. luckily, she told the truth there. this is a big deal because one thing voters on the left and right don't like is hypocrisy, and they certainly don't like lying. >> each night, lean forward with "the ed show," as ed shultz and his guests debate and discuss the most important issues affecting americans. weeknights at 10:00 eastern on msnbc. here's your first look at other news in america today --
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surveillance video in massachusetts shows alcohol and escalators don't mix. after a teen plunged 20 feet to the ground. according to police, the teen had been drinking before he decided to horse around on the handrail. luckily that fall just left him with a fractured elbow. a cleveland nursing home was the site of a very disturbing ordeal. this is tough to watch. a hidden camera set up by the family of a 78-year-old alzheimer's patient confirmed their worst suspicions. footage shows the woman being tossed and mistreated on more than one occasion. police have made one arrest, two other staffers were fired. a snapshot of a seattle police officer's snafu has caused a huge embarrassment to the city's police department. oops. the officer unknowingly left his semiautomatic rifle on top of his trunk, unattended, right in the downtown area. officials will not confirm if the weapon was loaded, but they are investigating.
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and finally in florida, a fishing trip turning into a jaw-dropping experience after three men discovered sea monsters do exist. kind of. they spotted a dead giant squid floating in the water and pulled it on to their boat. wildlife officials who measured it at 23 feet long have yet to determine the cause of death. that's a lot of calamari. now for a look at your national weather we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning to you. >> good morning, lynn. did you happen to see that we have a tropical storm? the first one. >> starting today? >> the first of the season. the hurricane season officially started june 1. and now as we're starting to head toward july, it's not uncommon to get the first storm around here. this is just a little earlier than normal. it's not going to affect anyone in the u.s. in mexico they're going to get the rainfall. the storm does not have enough time to become a big hurricane to cause a lot of problem. this is how we want the storms to be. and we need a storm like this to
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head up to texas to relieve the drought conditions. but you know, we can't catch a break in texas. we want arlene to head your way. unfortunately, it's not going to happen. the wet weather is going to stay south around tampico. brownsville, maybe you'll get a little rain out this, but that will be about it. the forecast takes it over the next 36 hours due westward. that's going to bring all the heavy rain on shore over the next 24 hours. after that it will rain itself out in the high terrain and weaken. again, arlene is formed, first storm gets our attention. it's going to have little impact except in make where they'll deal with heavy rain. now back here in the stayed, the heat continues -- states, the heat continues to be the story, the fires. what's interesting about the heat wave in texas and oklahoma is there hasn't been high humidities, there hasn't been a high heat index. it's almost like a dry heat because the soil is so dry. we haven't gotten a lot of moisture. yesterday was 99 in dallas. easily 100 in west texas, phoenix 111. our friends in denver are now
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getting a taste of it, too. it was 96 yesterday. today it's going to be around 98. as far as wet weather, thunderstorms rolled through new england overnight. some are clipping the islands down here south of massachusetts. so out on nantucket, martha's vineyard, you may get hit with the storm shortly. new york see it hartford to boston -- new york city to hartford to boston, dry. there's a thunderstorm complex about to enter the oklahoma city area. that could give you early showers, and then get ready for a hot afternoon. the temperatures continue to be the story. the heat is expanding, 98 in denver. even billing, montana -- billings, montana, 94. beautiful in the east. the exception down in the southeast with showers and storms. we'll take a peek at what's going to happen toward the upcoming weekend coming up next. >> thank you very much. also coming up, which internet power is starting their own social network? which state is the best to do business? and which airline is saying no to babies? big threat babies are.
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. in top news, before and after image from space show the extent of flooding in minot, north dakota. the dark blue shows just how swollen theoris soris -- soris river was, higher than the record set in 1881. venezuelan president hugo chavez talking with former president fidel castro more than two weeks after he underwent surgery there. chavez's recent silence had fueled speculation he was seriously ill. but officials said the operation was for a pelvic abscess. a piece of space debris
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narrowly missed the international space station yesterday, forcing the crew to scramble into their rescue craft. nasa says it was probably the closest object ever to pass by the orbiting outpost, coming within about 1,000 feet. another rare sighting, this time on earth. the pope on twitter. how 2011 of him. pope benedict used an ipad to tweet about the launch of the vatican's new information portal. a the latest "newsweek" cover is generating a lot of buzz. it shows a computer-generated digitally aged princess diana walking with the daughter-in-law she never knew, catherine, duchess of cornwall. the controversial cover marks what would have been the late princess' 50th birthday this friday. now for a first look at how wall street will kick off the day, the dow opens at 12,188 after gaining 145 points
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yesterday. the s&p was up 16, the nasdaq rose 41. taking a look at overseas trading this morning -- in tokyo the nikkei grew 148 points. in hong kong the hang seng inched up a fraction. stocks surged higher tuesday on optimism that greek leaders will pass that unpopular austerity plan needed to keep the country afloat. in athens yesterday, police fired teargas on angry protesters demanding the government vote down the harsh measure designed to show its european lenders greece is serious about getting its finances in order. parliament is expected to pass the drastic cuts sometime today. strong earnings from nike added to the day's optimism while signs of strength in the housing market boosted home depot. bank of america rose after it made a tentative agreement to settle $8.5 billion in claims against countrywide financial. the company it took over during the mortgage meltdown. french finance minister
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christine lagarde has been named the first female ahead of the international monetary fund. news corp. is looking to unload its own social network, google-plus. so far only a select group of users have been invited to join. this morning, "wall street journal" reports some surgeon who received tens of millions of dollars from mettronnic failed to report serious complications in their clinical research of the research of bone growth preteen. the ceo stands by the research. johnson & johnson is recalling 60,000 bottles of tylenol extra-strength caplets for a musty, moldy odor. our sister network, cnbc, has named virginia america's top state for business. finally, parents flying elites on malaysia airlines may need to find a sitter. the carrier has reportedly banned babies from first class
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cabins. although bill thinks they should ban snoring people. i agree. coming up, the mets slam the tigers, lee hits down the sox. and america's world cup women in action. plus, the orioles' luke scott commits home run robbery against the cardinals. your first look at sports is ahead. e network -- a network of possibilities. in here, the planned combination of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more americans, many in small towns and rural communities, giving them a new choice. we'll deliver better service, with thousands of new cell sites... for greater access to all the things you want, whenever you want them. it's the at&t network... and what's possible in here is almost impossible to say. inside all of us is a compass and it always points true north. toward mountains of sand.
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. in sports last night the opening game of a match-up many are
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calling a potential world series preview was no contest. here's nbc's fred roggin. good morning, if you don't know by now, the phillies' cliff lee is good. real good. in philly lee was up to his old tricks against the red sox. tossed a two hitter for the third game shutout. dominic brown gave lee all the support he needed. a two-run bomb. many thought it would be a world series preview. if so, give the phils the title right now. they won 5-0. dramatics between the reds and ray. bruce tying it with the solo shot to the deepest part of the park. evan longoria, anything you can do -- look at this -- home run of his own. that's your ball game. rays walked off with the 4-3 win. mets in detroit. jason bay at the plate. wrapped the grand slam around the left field foul pole. next inning, carlos beltran went yard. two gand slams, they blew out
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the tigers 12-3. matt holliday thought he hit a second homer of the night but luke scott was not having it. lost his hat but not the ball. however, not enough. cards beat the os 6-2. the american women kicked off the world cup with a win. connecting for the first goal of the game. u.s. beat north korea 2-0. they play colombia next. after the game the north korean coach said the team lost because several players were struck by lightning while training three weeks ago. i'm glad he cleared that up. i thought the reason he lost was because one of his players was swallowed by a whale. plenty of celebration for the south carolina gamecocks. they beat florida 5-2 to win the second straight college world series. the final fly to jackie jr. he'll keep that the rest of his life. what -- he threw it into the crowd. i guess when you've got a trophy, who needs a ball? that's sports. i'm fred roggin. for a look at the weather,
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nbc meteorologist bill karins has the weather channel forecast. good morning again. overnight thunderstorms may have woken up a couple of people. good morning. in the northeast, weather quickly changing. yesterday, warm, humid. today less humid and sunny and nice. temperatures warm, 76 in philadelphia. that's a warm start to the day. showers and storms are pushing off the coast around, now exiting even eastern massachusetts. on cape cod you may get a wet weather shower or thunderstorm briefly. that will be it. the clouds clear after a nice sunrise. we should see a sunny afternoon. forecast today, 86 in philly, 86 in d.c. very much typical summertime weather. still cool up in new england. tomorrow looks similar. it's going to be sunny and warm, but the humidity will be low. it won't feel too bad out there. many areas in the 80s, new england up there in the 70s. the rest of the country, the heat's going to be on. in chicago, beautiful. tomorrow, beautiful. by the time we get to friday, they'll be in the 90s also. >> nice. >> the heat's expanding for the
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upcoming holiday weekend. >> got to love that. thank you very much. who got married, who's separated, and who's getting divorced? plus, actor shya labeouf gets too much information happy in his latest interview. finally, there's a choice for my patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused by a heart valve problem. today we have pradaxa to reduce the risk of a stroke caused by a clot. in a clinical trial, pradaxa 150 mg reduced stroke risk 35% more than warfarin. and with pradaxa, there's no need for those regular blood tests. pradaxa is progress. pradaxa can cause serious, sometimes fatal, bleeding. don't take pradaxa if you have abnormal bleeding, and seek immediate medical care for unexpected signs of bleeding, like unusual bruising. pradaxa may increase your bleeding risk if you're 75 or older, have kidney problems
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. it's time for entertainment headlines where relationship news both good and bad takes center stage. a little something for everyone. america ferrera married the boyfriend she's been with since college meechbding in a private ceremony. but david duchovny and tea leoni
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have separated for the second time since the two married in 1997. a judge ordered warner brothers to send $55,000 a month of any money due to charlie sheen to former wife brooke mueller for child support. mel gibson and long-time wife robin have settled their long fought-over property dispute which should lead to their divorce becoming official by august. in a kiss-and-tell interview in "details" magazine, shia labeouf dishes about his intimate on-set relationship with megan fox while they filmed the first two "transformer" films. only problem -- at the time she was engaged to now-husband austin green. while talking about dating other famous women, labeouf called his night out with hillary duff "probably the worst date either of us have ever had." oh, no, he didn't. >> he didn't say whose fault it was. it could have been his fault. >> he said "both of us." it should have been miserable.
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>> he's feeling pretty good -- who's going to date him now? >> keep your mouth shut, shia. sit back and collect your cash from all your movies. i'm lynn berry and this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned, "way too early with willie geist" starts right now. bombers and heavily armed gunmen storm the intercontinental hotel in kabul killing civilians and setting off a battle that didn't end until nato helicopters shot the remaining terrorist on the roof of the hotel. the question is -- what does this tell us about the future of afghanistan and local security forces' ability to keep the peace? president obama calls a press conference for later this morning when he's expected to put heat on congress, particularly republicans, and give ground in the fight over a budget deal. the question is -- what does it tell you when two prominent senators stick their necks out to propose raising medicare's eligibility age by two years and promptly have their political heads c

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